Sunday, December 30, 2007
As I remember the story, Dewey asked an advertising guy to design a sticker for him to use on his new boards. The ad man told Dewey to sign his name on a piece of paper, he transposed his signature to the center of a diamond shape and voila, the classic Dewey Weber sticker was born.
I worked for Dewey as a glosser when he had his shop on P.C.H. in Venice, Ca.(1964). My job as a glosser was to put the pinstripes, panels, or any design the customer ordered onto the board. As the business was (and still is) seasonal, I didn't work for him much more than a month or so, but it was a great experience. Later, I worked for other surf shops in the South Bay while in art school.
Dewey was a very aggressive marketer and his longboards were very popular. By the mid sixties, he was the largest builder in the world, turning out 300 boards a week. He did quite well during the '60's, however, as the new shortboards became "the ride" , the customers left Dewey and the other longboard builders. He downsized but it was too little too late and he gave up, built a two man boat and went fishing.
In the early 1980's longboard surfing made a resurgence and Dewey was there to greet it, sponsoring The Dewey Weber Longboard Classic surfing contest. His business started back and he did quite well but his years of hard drinking were starting to catch up with him. By 1993 he died as a direct result of his alcoholism. When he died, newspapers around the world payed homage and eulogies appeared almost everywhere. The California Assembly adjourned in his honor.
The longboard surf contest is still held every year in his memory.
16"x20" acrylic on 140 lb Arches paper $400.00
Friday, December 21, 2007
Rob "screen captures" scenes from animated T.V. and theatrical movies and digitally removes any characters from the scene, leaving only the background. A lot of work no doubt but about the only way to get an empty B.G. to appreciate. The actual artwork is almost impossible to get.
Digitally re-created background art by Rob Richards
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
"Objective painting is not good painting unless it is good in the abstract sense. A hill or tree cannot make a good painting just because it is a hill or tree. It is lines and colors put together so that they may say something." (Georgia O'Keeffe)
watercolor on 140lb. Arches paper
Monday, December 10, 2007
The Roman emperor, Charlemagne was crowned on Christmas day in 800 AD. He is considered the father of France and Germany and generally of Europe.
Around the 12th century, the remnants of the former Saturnalian traditions of the Romans were transferred to the Twelve Days of Christmas (26 December – 6 January).
Christmas during the Middle Ages was a public festival, incorporating ivy, holly, and other evergreens, as well as gift-giving
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
This is not it, or even close, but I will sell this portrait of "Lisa" (Mona's sister) for $45.00
5"x7" acrylic on watercolor paper
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Thanks to tomsito.com
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Oil on stretched canvas 16"x20" $425.00 + $10 S&H
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
On this strange day they call "Black Friday" I ran across this, the strangest Chuck Jones cartoon I've ever seen. Chuck was the originator of the Pepe LePew and Roadrunner and Coyote cartoons, but this doesn't quite fit that mold, (or any mold). This looks like some of the animation we did at Chouinard Art Institute. Chuck used to come and view the films during the end of year Film Arts showings at Chouinard so he must have stolen some of our ideas.(?) Actually he graduated from Chouinard in the early 1930's and after washing cells for Ub Iwerks was hired by Leon Schlesinger (Warner Bros.) in 1933 as an assistant animator. Two years later he was made animator and was assigned to work with director Tex Avery. So, I guess that kinda' explains his nuttyness. He must have inherited some from "Tex".
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Also called "Bingly Terrier".
Pet Portrait oil painting on stretched canvas (commision) SOLD
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Cheshire Puss,' she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider. "Come, it's pleased so far," thought Alice, and she went on. "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat.
`I don't much care where--' said Alice.
`Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat.
In the original (1862-1864) manuscript, Alice was not the little blond girl we're used to seeing. She was patterned after a little dark haired child of a church colleague, for whom the Alice stories had been originally created. (Alice Pleasance Liddell)
The Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodson created the story on a 2-1/2 hour rowboat trip with a friend and his three daughters. The little girls loved the story so much, Alice begged him to write it down. It was originally titled 'Alice's Adventures Underground', later changed to 'Alice's Adventures In Wonderland' and published under the nom de plume Lewis Carroll.
16"x20" oil on stretched canvas - commission - SOLD
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
9"x12" watercolor on 120 lb. acid free paper $120.00 +$5 S&H
Friday, November 2, 2007
In 1784 Benjamin Franklin came up with the idea of setting our clocks ahead during the spring and summer and then setting them back during the winter. The reason was to save money on expensive lamp oil. Pretty good idea.
It's not the cooler weather that makes the leaves change colors, it's the lack of sunlight.
As the photosynthesis in the leaves slows down and the chlorophyll dissappears, the bright green in the leaves is replaced with the yellows, browns and reds that we see, from left over glucose. These different colors have always been there but the bright green chlorophyll covered it up. The brown colors in leaves from oaks and other trees is the left over waste. It's the combination of these things that make for the beautiful colors we see. 9"x12" watercolor on 120lb Arches paper. $125 + $5 S&H prints available $30 ea.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
In Ireland it was called Samhein. In Scotland all hearth fires in the land are extinguished then re-lit from the fire at the Druids’ sacred grove. Add to this the early Church's attempt to eradicate the pagan custom of giving food to departed spirits -(Greek Anthesterion in Feb., Roman Feralia and Lemuria in May) by moving the date to honor the dead to the Feast of All Souls on November 1st.
Many cultures have customs of putting food offerings on doorsteps so invisible spirits would give you good luck. So today's the last night for the devil and other ghosties to romp before the Holiday Season (Advent) begins. (tomsito.com)
Mad Max, the meanest cat on Earth, is now living somewhere in Texas. We'll miss you..... sort of.
Acrylic on canvas board 12"x16" $225.00 + S&H
Monday, October 29, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Driving south from San Francisco along Hwy 1, the cliffs begin and continue past Pacifica, Half Moon Bay and all the way to Santa Cruz and Capitola. From there it's the Monteray Bay. It's a pretty wild coastline and you'd never know you were so close to civilization. Driving north from San Francisco the coast is even more wild.
This is a bit of the coast just a few miles north of the town of Santa Cruz.
12"x16" oil on stretched canvas $375.00 + S&H
Monday, October 15, 2007
Anaheim green chili peppers
According to many accounts, chili peppers were introduced into what is now the U.S. by Capitan General Juan de Oñate, the founder of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1598. After the Spanish began settlement, the cultivation of chile peppers exploded, and soon they were grown all over New Mexico. One variety that adapted particularly well to New Mexico was a long green chile that turned red in the fall. The chili was called "Anaheim" because of its adaptation to the more settled California around 1900.
They were cultivated as a spice, hung on strings and dried.
In 1846, William Emory, Chief Engineer of the Army's Topographic Unit, was surveying the New Mexico landscape and its customs. He described a meal eaten by people in Bernalillo, just north of Albuquerque: "Roast chicken, stuffed with onions; then mutton, boiled with onions; then followed various other dishes, all dressed with the everlasting onion; and the whole terminated by chile, the glory of New Mexico." (fiery- foods.com) acrylic on 140 lb Arches paper 5 1/2"x 9" $115.00 Copyright Bill Reed 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Their breeding habitat is the northern prairies of western Canada and the north central United States near marshes or ponds. They nest on the ground, usually in short grass.
In autumn, they migrate in flocks to the coasts of , California, Gulf of Mexico, Mexico and South America. (Wikipedia)
Their long bills allow them to poke around in mud flats and sand for crustaceans. They also eat insects and some aquatic veggies.They’re fun to watch on the beach as they dart around in groups, poking in the sand for goodies.
Watercolor 9"x12" on 140 lb.Arches paper
Thursday, October 11, 2007
We'll keep you updated as the story develops. SOLD Copyright Bill Reed 2007 12"x16"Giclee prints available $35 + $5 S&H
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
oil on canvas panel 12"x16"--- sold Pet Portraits this size $250
Monday, October 8, 2007
"I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." ( Sir Winston Churchill ) Watercolor on 140lb acid free paper 8"x12"image, matted to 11"x14" $100.00 + $5 S+H
http://www.mysurfbaby.com/ Copyright Bill Reed 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
There are over five thousand varieties.
Pears are cousins to the apple.
Most pears are grown west of the Rockies, where disease is less of a problem.
A pear tree can produce fruit for over a hundred years, provided
it doesn't get hit by a train. watercolor 9"x12" on 140 lb coldpress acid free paper $130.00 + $5 S&H
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
8"x10" Watercolor-- matted to fit an 11"x14" frame
$75.00 + $5.00 S&H
Did you know an apple is 25% air? That's why they float.
The apple originated in an area between the Caspian and Black Sea and is in the rose family.
Charred apples were found in prehistoric cave dwellings in Switzerland. That was before the marshmallow was invented.
The Pilgrims brought the apple to the New World and planted the first apple orchard. In colonial times they were called winter banana or melt-in-the-mouth.
In 1730 the first apple nursery was opened in Flushing, New York.
Americas oldest living apple tree was planted in 1647 by Peter Stuyvesant in his Manhatten orchard and was still bearing fruit when a train derailed and ran it over in 1866. Doohh!!
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
When I was a kid my step father was in the Navy and was sent to Guam during the Korean war. The whole family went along and we spent three years on the island from 1952 until 1955. We loved it and I have some fond memories of my brother and I running around in the jungles and beaches. Since it was the early 50's, there was still plenty of evidence of W.W.II . Broken tanks and pill boxes with the big guns still in them dotted the beaches and cliffs. A great place for a couple of boys to play. My brother found a .45 service revolver on the beach. It didn't have the clip in it so my mom said we could keep it. We had lots of fun with that playing war.
What I remember most was how beautiful it was. There are thousands of islands that are found in the Pacific Ocean south of the equator. From The Easter Islands to New Zealand to Australia and the East Indies, Captain Cook must have been amazed at what he descovered during his voyages.
16"x20 acrylic on stretched canvas. $500.00 SOLD Prints also available. http://www.mysurfbaby.com/
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Sir Henry Morgan - 1635-1688 was a Welsh privateer who became leader of the buccaneers. He was among Englands most notorious and succesful privateers.
Now, what is the difference between a privateer, a buccaneer and a pirate? A privateer is authorized by a country to raid another country's ships during wartime and share the booty with the host country. A pirate is basically a robber on the high seas. Buccaneers were cattle theives native to the Caribean area, named after the french word boucanier. The Spainish forces didn't cater to the theives and drove them from Hispaniola to a small island called Tortuga. From there they were joined by many others and to get even, turned to piracy against anybody that sailed by. Buccaneers and pirates became synonymous.
Morgan was chosen by buccaneers to be their admiral after seizing the islands of Santa Catalina and Providence. His exploites soon became legendary as his forces grew to hundreds of men.
This painting is 16"x20" acrylic on stretched canvas. $425.00
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Monday, September 24, 2007
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon,
The little dog laughed to see such a sight,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Old King Cole was a merry old soul
And a merry old soul was he;
He called for his pipe and he called for his bowl
And he called for his fiddlers three.
Every fiddler had a fiddle,
And a very fine fiddle had he;
Oh there's none so rare, as can compare
With King Cole and his fiddlers three.
According to British legend, some think the rhyme was written about King Cole who lived in the town of Colcester in Essex England in the third century AD. It was claimed he was the father of St. Helena who later gave birth to the Roman emperor Constantine the Great, the first Christian emperor.
Then again, others think the rhyme was written after Sir Walter Raleigh brought tobacco from the New World in 1585. Yet others think the "pipe" was not refering to a smoking pipe but rather a flute because of the last lyrics of the rhyme "Oh there's none so rare, as can compare with King Cole and his fiddlers three. That suggests he played the flute along with the fiddlers. .
Then there's King Coel of Northern England, but that's another story.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Copyright Bill Reed 2007When I was 13 and my brother had just turned 16, he worked for a landscaper and saved enough money to buy his first car. It was a 1931 Ford Sport Coupe. A SportCoupe was a rag top but the top didn't go down like a convertable. I guess it was cheaper to manufacture a car without a top and just put a canvas lid on it. Or they just thought it looked sporty. I never did figure that one out, but it was a really neat car with a rumble seat. I guess the girls liked it alot too, because I didn't see him much once he started driving. I've had an affinity for old cars ever since he bought that thing.
This is a watercolor of a 1930 Ford pick up. It was more of a utility truck since the bed was too short to carry lumber or anything longer than about 6ft. That surfboard wouldn't fit either but I thought it would look cool.
9"x12" watercolor on 140lb. acid free paper matted to fit an 11"x14" frame. $125.00
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
"Descent" 16"x20" acrylic on canvas
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Monday, September 17, 2007
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